Centerpointe Community Church exists to give every man, woman and child repeated opportunities to see, hear & respond to the gospel and become a fully devoted follower of Christ.
Everything exists for a reason. There are no mistakes. The church is no different. The church is God’s divine plan to promote redeption to the world and He shows in scripture how that can be done effectively. The following is Centerpointe’s categorization of effectively implementing God’s purposes:
EXALTING GOD - bringing focused attention to God
The chief purpose of humankind is to glorify God. Humanity does this by following Gods commands and outright praise. Every time mankind engages in biblically approved activity it counts as worship. John 4:23-24, Psalm 33:1-3, 34:1-3, Hebrews 13:15
EXTENDING GRACE - broadening the awareness, understanding and acceptance of the gospel
The primary calling of the church is to be witnesses and recruit followers of Christ. This is an extension of Gods grace to a seeking, skeptical and sometimes hostile world. But as one hungry person telling another hungry person where to find food the church is faithful to craft ministries that reach out and attract people who don’t know God to His truth. This is the mission of God. We pursue of lifestyle of living on mission. We call this Missional Living. Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8
ENGAGING OTHERS - bridging people into meaningful community God created mankind for community.
This idea of fellowship is about knowing and being known, acceptance, loving, understanding the other, and sharing a common hope. It is the idea of the pursuit of oneness and unity. God is drawing all people unto Himself and church life embraces that truth. Acts 2:46, John 17, Ephesians 4:1-6
EMBODYING CHRIST - being a driving force of ministry for a world in need
Over and over in Scripture the Bible teaches that the powers of darkness are held at bay by the work of the Holy Spirit that resides in His followers. We are the ambassadors of goodness and righteousness. Our faith comes alive in the performing of good works on behalf of the last, the least and the lost. Conversely, faith without works is dead. Centerpointe carries as a driving purpose to actively partner with other organizations that facilitate good. Micah 6:8, Matthew 22:37-40, Matthew 25:45, James 2:14-26, 1 John 3:17-18
EVOLVING SPIRITUALLY - becoming increasingly like Jesus
The journey of a Christ follower is never a stagnant one. God is about becoming. God is about being a little farther along today that you were yesterday. God is about growth and development. A relationship with God is about being perfected in Christ. Evolving means that Centerpointe will provide opportunities, in the form of classes, seminars and small groups that equip the Christ follower to have a steady progression on the path toward Christ Likeness. Centerpointe has adopted the classification of balanced spiritual development into the 5G’s. Grace Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 13:20-21
ABIDE IN CHRIST
The most critical relationship in the life of every Christ follower is the one with Christ. He is our redeemer, ransom and restorer. Our life is dependent on Him. We, therefore, must be connected to our savior. We do this through reading or hearing Gods Word and communing with Him though prayer. The natural result of that intimacy is growth which is commanded in Scripture.
SERVE THE KINGDOM
Modern western culture has created a consumeristic mind set that teaches its members to expect life to be oriented to “self” in the center. As a result, work is only done when there is an internal benefit. We work to better ourselves. However Scripture teaches us to live intentionally outward focused lives. We are saved to serve. We were made for mission.
PERSIST IN COMMUNITY
Community is the very nature of what God has called His followers to be. The word we understand as “church” is actually an assembly of people who have been called together for a purpose or mission. While the word “church” literally denotes a location, a “community” denotes an affinity, a common purpose or cause.
It is impossible to love without giving, It is however possible to give without loving. The gospel of John, Chapter 3, verse 16 says that “God so loved the world that He GAVE His only beloved Son”. We challenge all to allow their love relationship with God to manifest itself in generosity toward God's kingdom work.
PURSUE THE LOST
Values of the Church
Values are distinct from purposes because values reflect the spirit in which the purposes are carried out. In a pragmatic world, people do whatever they have to do in order to achieve their objective. In the church we hold certain things as valuable and are careful not to damage those items in the execution of their purpose. The following is a list of those values:
Attendees are to pursue right relationship on both horizontal and vertical levels. Horizontally by living at peace, reconciling and speaking the truth in love at all times. Vertically with God by connecting regularly with God, seeking His best, glorifying Him in daily decisions and celebrating Him while regularly attending church gatherings.
Romans 12:9-20, Matthew 18:15-20, Eph 4:15, Acts 2:46, Hebrews 10:25
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. How can they know if they have not heard how can they hear unless they are told? Lost people matter to God.
Luke 10, Romans 12:7, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, James 1:23-25
The truths of the bible should be presented in a way that engages the understanding of the listener while remaining doctrinally pure. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people. OT offerings were given in a way that declared only the best is good enough for God. A NT expression is that things are done as good as can be done with the resources available.
Colossians 3:17, Malachi 1:6-14, Proverbs 27:17
We believe that the pursuit of full devotion to Christ and His cause is a normal part of a prevailing relationship with Christ for all His followers.
We believe that Christ followers should manifest authenticity and yearn for continuous growth
Ephesians 4:25-26, 32, Hebrews 12:1, Philippians 1:6
We believe that Christ followers are at their best when they are actively engaged in meaningful service. Being involved is a primary way to declare the vitality of ones faith. It reflects Gods interest as a force for good in the world.
1 Corinthians 12, 14, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, Psalm 133:1
We believe in and all out, full court press kind of faith. A faith that bets the farm, and takes leaps off cliffs. The Gospel and glory of God is worth any cost and every adventure.
of the Church
TO build environments and experiences in which unchurched people love to participate. Your role:
Every day we come in contact with dozens and dozens of people. Each interaction is an opportunity to invest, ignore or consume. To invest in others means to take an interest in them as an individual soul created in the image of God that God Himself has allowed you to lock eyes with. After connections are made across spiritual, social, educational, economic and cultural divides there inevitably comes a time when God opens the opportunity to share and idea about his truth. Investors take the time to determine potential needs and make an effort to meet them in the name of Jesus.
Invitations can be made to step into a life of faith or step into a gathering with other Christ followers. Sometimes, the questions of pre Christian friends are beyond what you may be able to answer. In those cases, your church stands a resource. Our gatherings are designed to be a non-threatening first step toward life in community with Christ.
Other times, a friend may be ready to make a step of faith without ever stepping foot in a church. The invitation you share may be one to surrender their lives to Christ.
of the Church
While our mission is to lead people into a fully devoted relationship with Jesus Christ, it is a task that is completely impossible for any human being. It is God who convicts people of sin and redeems people. So, in effect, our mission is an impossible one. All we can hope to do is create a distraction free environment where the Holy Spirit is free to work. These three Environments are pictures of where and how we hope to engage people:
When a guest comes over to visit for the first time it is customary to make your guest feel welcome and accepted. The house is clean, the children are dressed, the meal is prepared, and the conversation doesn’t wander into embarrassing family topics. In the same way our church’s foyer environment seeks to make our guest know they are welcome. We choose spiritual issues that make sense from their world view, we explain spiritual issues in a language they can understand and we offer spiritual solutions in an environment free from distraction. Our Sunday Morning Services are our Foyer environment.
When a relationship has reached the living room, the atmosphere has become much more relaxed and personal. In this environment the foundation for relationships is laid.
In the same way, Centerpointe’s living room seeks to bring people together in a less formal way to deliberately begin the process of building community. The Living Room Environment is a fellowship event built around food or fun that will sometimes include worship and teaching. Examples of Living Room Environments are “Dinner and a Movie” Events, Bonfires, and Play Groups or clusters of small groups.
A family joins together in the kitchen for a typical family meal. During the conversation the poor grades on a recent report card are discussed, Jr’s poor hygiene choices and dad’s forgetting to bring home dessert. Plans are made for the family vacation and a time is determined to take Rover to the vet, all over meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
The personal life of a family is often discussed around the dinner table. Centerpointe’s kitchen is our small group ministry. Here is where personal accountability, transparency and love are most freely expressed. It is also where life change is most prone to happen. Our Small Groups express this environment. Small groups are led or facilitated by Christ Followers.
It is easy to see that there are multiple choices on any given Sunday morning for a place of worship. What makes each one distinct from the other is often a difference in theology. It is called a doctrinal statement and every church has one. This doctrinal statement reflects a broadly conservative evangelical biblical position:
We believe in God, eternal, sovereign, self existent, omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, holy, loving and true; existing in three equal yet separate persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe in Jesus, man and deity, the only begotten Son of God who was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died as the atoning, substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of humanity, was raised from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father.
REGARDING HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit. His ministry throughout history, toward the Word of God, toward the world, concerning spiritual birth, spiritual growth and spiritual gifts.
REGARDING THE BIBLE
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired, verbal, plenary special revelation of God. As such it is the authority in the Christian life.
REGARDING HUMANITY & SIN
We believe that man, created by God in God’s image, existing in parts material and immaterial, is born sinful and separated from God.
We believe that a person comes to God only through Jesus Christ and that through Christ one receives deliverance from the penalty, and power of sin unto the Person, power and presence of God. The believer is sanctified, eternally secure and completely reconciled by God’s saving grace. The person is also regenerated, sealed, indwelled and baptized into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit.
REGARDING THE LAST THINGS
We believe the return of the Lord is imminent and He will gather to Himself all Christians living and dead in the air. We believe in the resurrection of both the living and the dead and that those who have placed their trust in Christ for deliverance from the judgment of sin will spend an eternity with God in Heaven, while those who have rejected Him will receive eternal separation, damnation and torment in Hell.
REGARDING THE CHURCH
We believe in the church universal as God’s called out ones belonging to the Lord, the bride of Christ, the Body of Christ, and a royal priesthood. We believe in the church local; an autonomous association in a specific locality under appropriate leadership which fulfills God’s great commandment and great commission. The local church is the expression of the universal church.
Still Have Questions?
We appreciate that you want to know more about who we are and what we stand for. It’s hard to sum up everything in a short space, so chances are you may have quiries that aren’t covered here. Our first suggestion is to come visit us on a Sunday, experience who we are and ask questions in person! But if that feels a little intimidating or you need an answer fast, email us and we’ll try to get back to you as quickly and accurately as possible.